1 mazus records and the study of chan literature 17 2 hagiographic representations of patriarch ma 38 3 further communal remembrances 61 4 formation of chan genres 93 5 four main genres 111 6 protracted makings of texts and patriarchs 133 part ii translation and commentary of mazus records 1 mazus stele inscription 175 2. At a basic level the books primary focus is on the earliest extant records about the life teachings and legacy of mazu daoyi 709 788 one of the principal figures in chan history some of these texts are well known and form a central part of classical chan or more broadly buddhist literature in china but until fairly recently other . By mario poceski the records of mazu and the making of classical chan literature explores the growth makeup and transformation of chan zen buddhist literature in late medieval china the volume analyzes the earliest extant records about the life teachings and legacy of mazu daoyi 709 788 the famous leader of the hongzhou school and one of the principal figures in chan history. 2016 the records of mazu and the making of classical chan literature journal of chinese religions vol 44 no 2 pp 197 199. In the records of mazu and the making of classical chan literature mario poceski builds upon his previous work on chinese chan zen master mazu daoyi 709 788 and mazus hongzhou school of chan buddhism offering readers a closer examination of the body of extant textual sources concerning mazus life and teachings mazu has long been viewed by scholars as a transitional figure in the
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